Get Fuller Cheeks without Fillers

by Linda Robison

See how to increase volume in cheeks without fillers. These exercises will round and lift cheeks naturally.

Fuller cheeks are associated with a youthful looking face. High, firm, chiseled cheekbones are a standard of beauty that will never go out of style.

A picture of my fuller cheeks with more volume without fillers.

Plumper, rounder cheeks does not mean chubby cheeks!

Well-rounded, full cheeks will NOT make your face look fatter!

It's a common misconception.

Having defined cheekbones doesn't necessarily mean a fuller face; in fact, it's quite the opposite. When your cheekbones are round, full, and positioned high, your face tends to appear more sculpted.

Conversely, when cheeks sag, it can lead to a drooping effect in the rest of the face, making it appear heavier at the bottom, around the jowls and neck.

And when this occurs, it can alter the overall shape of the face.

Face shape changes with age.

As we grow older, our facial contours transition from a "triangular shape" (with more fullness at the upper part of our face) to a somewhat square shape (with increased fullness in the lower part of the face).

How can I make my cheeks fuller and plump?

So, is it possible to make your cheekbones fuller without making your face look chubby? Yes!

I'll show you an exercise you can do to round out the cheeks so they look fuller, and a massage that will help lift the cheek area.

Before cheek bone exercises, my face looked chubby.Cheek muscle exercises: My before and after results.

Face Exercises 

Done properly, regular facial exercises can help firm and build all major muscles in the face, including those sagging cheeks. And, it can help slim lower part at the same time.

And, while there are "bonus" exercises you can do to increase volume and round out the cheek area, you need to start with a good foundation first.

You want a balanced, elegant look which can only be achieved by exercising the whole face and neck.

Plus, as you age, other areas of your face will be of concern (like sagging jowls and neck wrinkles). So investing in a good facial exercise program is a good idea no matter what issues you have with your face.

Which Face Exercises are Best? Finding a good facial exercise routine is a personal choice. If you don't like the workout - you won't do it.  So it's really important to shop around and check out the different programs available to find one you'll enjoy doing.

How to increase volume in cheeks

Cheek muscle exercises can help increase volume in your cheeks. 

However, for best results, you should also follow a consistent facial workout routine. If, after a few months, it's a good idea to assess your face to determine if you'd like more volume in your cheek area.

Not everyone may desire this, so it's crucial to monitor your progress after a few months. In my case, I aimed to achieve fuller cheeks, with a more rounded shape

The exercise featured below is one of my favorite cheek builder exercise for achieving plumper, shapelier cheeks.

It's called the Cheek Shaper. Watch the video below ...

How to exercise cheek muscles

Here is a simple video on how to do cheek exercises that will not only shape the cheeks from top to bottom, but can help firm the lower jowl area.

Below is another variation of the same exercise. Some people prefer this one. But both will do the trick, it's just a matter of which one you feel more comfortable with.

Carolyn performing the cheek shaper exercise.

The Cheek Shaper -  Copyright Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, LLC™

While this looks strange, the Cheek Shaper is pretty easy to do:

  • Wrap your lips around your upper and lower teeth 
  • Place your open hand against the face as shown 
  • Thumbs are next to the nose 
  • Index fingers are lying next to the temple 
  • Smile with the corners of your mouth while pressing evenly into the face and “lift up” with the bottom rim oour hands, against the natural shape of your cheeks 
  • Hold for a count of 10 and release. Repeat this movement, holding to 10, four times.

Note: Make sure to exert even pressure all along the hand and fingers where it presses into the face.

Benefits of face massage for cheeks

In addition to facial exercises and bonus exercises for fuller cheeks, don't forget to add a facial massage for added benefits.

Try to do this a few times a week.

Studies show that performing a facial massage on a regular basis had a lifting and tightening effect on the cheeks.

The study observed a shift in cheek tissue upward and horizontally, and an increase in the height of the SMAS layer.

These changes are commonly associated with a lifting and tightening effect, suggesting that facial massage contributed to these desired outcomes.

Note: What does an increase in the height of the SMAS layer mean? It means your face is lifted. 

Increasing the height of the SMAS layer is good because it provides structural support, leading to a lifting effect on the face. This can result in firmer, tighter skin and a more youthful appearance by reducing sagging and wrinkles.

My Experience with Fillers

chiseled cheekbones

My experience with fillers

I’ve always had naturally high cheekbones and while they served me well up until my late 40s, once I got into my 50s, my cheeks started to look deflated and flattened. 

As a result, my nasal labial folds got deeper and more defined. I was told by a skincare expert that fillers into the folds would lift my face and smooth things out.

However, my experience with fillers was not so great. They just made my face look bloated. Not the look I was after! 

That’s what led me to discover the benefits face exercises

I can see that gravity was taking its toll – and not just in the cheek area but in the entire lower part of my face – especially my neck!

Which cheek exercise works best

The problem with fillers is they didn’t address other facial aging issues like a double chin, droopy jaw line, or sagging neck skin.

I know I needed something that can “fix” my whole face/neck!

That’s when I learned about face exercising and while I knew I was onto something good, finding a facial exercise routine that I liked and could stick for the long term was much harder than I thought. 

Some exercises took too much time or were too complicated. You know the old saying about exercises – if you hate the exercises – you won’t do them!

The other issue I ran into was finding a face exercise program that was gentle (not a lot of tugging or pulling) and complete.

I was surprised how many didn’t address all 58 muscles of the face and neck and some didn’t even address the neck at all! 

After years of searching, I finally found CFF - which works perfectly for me. I’m getting great results wanted and love what the massaging effect has had on my skin too. 

You can learn more about Carolyn's CFF program here and check out some sample exercises to see if you'll feel comfortable doing them.

But, what is most important is that you find an exercise program that you like and can stick with long term.

What have you tried to get fuller cheeks? What was your experience? Feel free to share with us at the Anti-Aging Blog.

Q: How to get fuller cheeks fast?

A: You really can't rush muscle building of the face. You should only do the exercises a few times a week, with at least 1 day break in-between. This allows the muscles and face to firm up nicely and evenly.

Q: How do you fix sunken cheeks without fillers?

A: The cheek shaper exercises listed above can help. But, you should do the full face workout to help fill-in sunken cheeks. You can find that workout here.